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Folding Fork And Spoon (Netherlands), early 17th century

This is a Folding fork and spoon. It is dated early 17th century and we acquired it in 1985. Its medium is silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Eleanor L. Metzenberg. It is credited The Robert L. Metzenberg Collection, gift of Eleanor L. Metzenberg.

Its dimensions are

L x W x D (Fork): 16 x 1.5 x 1 cm (6 5/16 x 9/16 x 3/8 in.) L x W x D (Bowl): 7 x 5 x 1.5 cm (2 3/4 x 1 15/16 x 9/16 in.) L x W x D (Overall): 19.5 x 5 x 3.7 cm (7 11/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 7/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On top of stem: swan in oval; French import mark 1893-1970 Tardy, SILVER (1981) p. 208 On back of spoon bowl: "0" in oval with crown on top Tardy, SILVER (1981) p. 134 or p. 316 ? two illegible marks

It is signed

Later engraved

It is inscribed

On back of spoon bowl: R. Bijlsma, Anno 1751 (later engraving)

Cite this object as

Folding Fork And Spoon (Netherlands), early 17th century; silver; L x W x D (Fork): 16 x 1.5 x 1 cm (6 5/16 x 9/16 x 3/8 in.) L x W x D (Bowl): 7 x 5 x 1.5 cm (2 3/4 x 1 15/16 x 9/16 in.) L x W x D (Overall): 19.5 x 5 x 3.7 cm (7 11/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 7/16 in.); The Robert L. Metzenberg Collection, gift of Eleanor L. Metzenberg; 1985-103-102-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.

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